Culture Gabfest on The Edge of Seventeen, A Tribe Called Quest, and Trump’s stunt presidency.

Is This the Best Teen Comedy of the Past 25 Years?

Is This the Best Teen Comedy of the Past 25 Years?

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Dec. 7 2016 11:36 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Edge of Seventeen, A Tribe Called Quest’s new album We Got It From Here …, and Trump’s stunt presidency.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss the bittersweet dramedy The Edge of Seventeen, written and directed by newcomer Kelly Fremon Craig. Could this coming-of-age movie be the best teen comedy of the past 25 years? Next, the critics are joined by New York Times Magazine’s Jody Rosen to talk about A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service; its commentary on the state of America; and the passing of group member Phife Dawg this year. Last, the critics discuss Julia Turner’s new piece in Slate, “The Stunt Presidency,” an analysis of the incoming Trump administration saving jobs and the danger of governing by anecdote. Will the next four years be extended seasons of The Apprentice?

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Dana: In light of this news story: Take out your earphones and pay attention

Stephen: The defeat of North Carolina’s Pat McCrory, and “The Obama Years” by Stephen Marche in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Outro: “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)” by A Tribe Called Quest

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.